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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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What is the importance of mitochondria?

What is the importance of mitochondria?

Vital: Hi. Mitochondria are the cells' powerhouse (except RBC and platelets, which don't have them). Mitochondria are vitally important. They convert chemical energy in glucose and fats into useful chemical energy (mostly ATP) that can drive uphill reactions. They are poisoned by things like azide and cyanide, and you know what happens with those toxins! Don't mess with the mighty mitochondria! ...Read more

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What is the prefix/ word root/ combining vowel/ and suffix meaning deciciency of all cells?

What is the prefix/ word root/ combining vowel/ and suffix meaning deciciency of all cells?

Do you mean "penia"?: Pancytopenia designates a deficiency or inadequate numbers of all blood cells. Leukopenia indicates a deficiency of white blood cells (wbcs). Anemia indicates a deficiency of red blood cells (rbcs). Aplastic anemia refers to the illness whereby the bone marrow can not produce sufficient new blood cells resulting in lowered counts of rbcs, wbcs, & platelets--or pancytopenia. ...Read more

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What is a brief summary on the meaning of paranoid schizophrenia?

What is a brief summary on the meaning of paranoid schizophrenia?

Some symptoms: Paranoid schizophrenia ? hostility or suspiciousness ? flat, expressionless gaze ? depression ? oversleeping or insomnia ? odd or irrational statements ? forgetful; unable to concentrate ? extreme reaction to criticism delusions and hallucinations are also common of a persecutory or grandiose nature (plots/conspiracies). ...Read more

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How come the diagosis of autism spectrum disorders sort of swallowed up all the disabled children?

How come the diagosis of autism spectrum disorders sort of swallowed up all the disabled children?

It hasn't.: There are lots of disabilities other than autism spectrum disorders. The reason why it seems that autism diagnoses are more common is that we have learned that autism is not just the severe form (like rain man), but includes a whole spectrum, ranging from severe down to very mild (like asperger's syndrome). ...Read more

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What is the objective of the Asperger"s Syndrome ?

What is the objective of the Asperger"s Syndrome ?

Huh? AS is an out-: dated diagnosis subsumed into Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the DSM-V. Deficits in joint attention, facial recognition & Theory of Mind cause impaired social reciprocity/communication & narrow, repetitive areas of interest. If your ? is why it was a preferred diagnosis, one criterion for AS was an IQ of 70 or >, in the normal range.The myth was that everyone with AS had an above-average IQ. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of gluten free?

What is the meaning of gluten free?

No gluten protein: Gluten-free means the food or drink does not contain gluten, a protein found in such grains as wheat, rye, and barley (including malted barley or malt). Grains that do not contain gluten include corn, rice, millet, quinoa, sorghum, and buckwheat. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of "evaluate the prospect of prostate surgery"?

What is the meaning of "evaluate the prospect of prostate surgery"?

Here are some...: The outlook of a surgery, which is the last resort of care after failing to all conservative treatments, is associated with the stage of the disease & patient's overall health state, in attesting: Doc has never cured anything for anyone, except infection at times, but to help modify something for someone to some degree with/without drugs and/or surgery at a reasonable time in a reasonable way.... ...Read more

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What is the prevalence of learning disabilities in the u.S.A?

What is the prevalence of learning disabilities in the u.S.A?

I don't know.: Official stats are usually artificial &often misleading. Stats depend on definitions &these criteria are changing all the time. Plus, "learning disability" is a relative term --so many types & levels of severity. My take: 1)a huge # of us struggles w/ learning; 2) schools are overwhelmed by the needs, & rarely meet the need; 3)more funding is only part of the answer; better ed approaches needed. ...Read more

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Isn't the term "psychotic" irrelevant? A emo-artist type would seem out of touch of reality in a engineering seminar- it's all point of view

Isn't the term "psychotic" irrelevant? A emo-artist type would seem out of touch of reality in a engineering seminar- it's all point of view

Reality check ?: Psychotic refers to being out of touch with reality. The term is used in conjunction with mental conditions where people might hallucinate, be paranoid or distort reality in other ways. An artist (visual artist or a writer) may use their imagination and distort reality in their creations. That doesn't necessarily mean that they are psychotic. The important factor is whether they can judge reality. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of emr>?

What is the meaning of emr>?

E-Medical Record: Unless i misunderstand your question, emr stands for electronic medical record, where patient information is stored in computer databases as opposed to traditional paper charts. ...Read more

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What is the role of the axon in learning and development?

What is the role of the axon in learning and development?

Arms and legs: The neuron is the cell of the brain that is involved in learning and development. They need to be connected to other neurons to communicate. The axon is the arms or legs of the neuron that connect one neuron from another one. Without them, no communication and no learning and development. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of the word spasticity?

What is the meaning of the word spasticity?

Velocity dependent: While spasticity has taken on many colloquial meanings, the true meaning is that of a velocity dependent resistance to stretch. A spastic muscle may be able to be stretched slowly, but when the velocity is increased, the stretch causes a reflexive contraction within the muscle to antagonize the stretch. It is very commonly seen in upper motor neuron related diseases (stroke, cp, etc). ...Read more

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What is the technical explanation of being double jointed?

What is the technical explanation of being double jointed?

Elastin: You are double jointed because you have too much elastin in the ligaments that control the extremes of motion of your joints. This allows for too much potential motion and therefor injury. ...Read more

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What is the value of the family meal?

What is the value of the family meal?

Huge: The family meal has been shown to have huge benefits in a number of ways. It allows the family to slow down, decreases stress, and open communication channels. It gives the children a sense of unity and solidarity, helping with social development and confidence. Plus the family dinner is much more nutritious than most "grab and go" type meals, helping with weight and obesity. ...Read more

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Whats the meaning of plasticity?

Whats the meaning of plasticity?

Flexibility: Plasticity usually refers to the malleability or flexibility of a tissue. Skin is more plastic than bone. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of psychotherapist ?

What is the meaning of psychotherapist ?

Partnership: Psychotherapy is an interpersonal experience between yourself and your therapist; it is a partnership. The therapist listens to whatever it is that is on your mind, and with empathic, thoughtful questioning over time assists you in being able to experience yourself and the external environment differently than prior to coming to therapy. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of the hgb A1c of 7.2?

What is the meaning of the hgb A1c of 7.2?

Moderate control: You have good control of your diabetes but not ideal. The goal is maximum 6%. ...Read more

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What is the white pulp of the human spleen made of?

What is the white pulp of the human spleen made of?

Spleen white pulp: (Pulp = soft fleshy shapeless mass) the white pulp of the spleen is the the lymphoid tissue part of the spleen, contains white blood cells, traps microbes, produces antibodies, together with the red pulp, intermingled, form the splenic tissue. Check this link for more info http://www.innerbody.com/image/dige06.html#full-description ...Read more

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How to make an autism child speak?

How to make an autism child speak?

Depends on child: Some children may never acquire meaningful verbal language but the majority will but it is usually delayed. Those who who are not able to express themselves verbally may be able to communicate pictures. The ability to understand others may be present even though the ability to express themselves is delayed. Early intervention with speech and other modalities like music therapy is key. ...Read more

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Any medicine for my 5 yr kid who has autism and still can't speak?

Any medicine for my 5 yr kid who has autism and still can't speak?

No Medicines fix it: Over the years a variety of medicines & diets have been studied in autism. None have provided any evidence based or predictable improvement although you can find glowing testimonials about a few. There are some medicines that physicians use to help with mood issues or aggressive behavior, but these only help manage symptoms. ...Read more

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I am extremely stressed out, how to help my child with autism who doesn't speak?

I am extremely stressed out, how to help my child with autism who doesn't speak?

Communication : Systems involving picture exchange are easier now with ipads. Applied behavioral analysis therapists can help your child with communication, but they need to know the level of his cognitive functioning to target therapy. Contact https://louisville.Edu/autism, the university of louisville autism center at kosair charities for services ; funding. Don't despair; help is available.;#40;502;#41; 852-1300. ...Read more

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My son is 3 doesn't speak has these episodes like a tantrum but they appear out of no where and for no reason having him tested for autism but what co?

My son is 3 doesn't speak has these episodes like a tantrum but they appear out of no where and for no reason having him tested for autism but what co?

Child psychiatrist: You should take him to the office of a skilled child psychiatrist to clarify why this happens. Sometimes it is not a severe condition like autism, but other (easy to correct) factors, like siblings dynamics, general health issues, environmental exposure, etc, might be the cause. Get him examined, your pediatrician may guide you. ...Read more

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I have had a sever stutter tho have been improving the last couple of years. By observing others and myself I am different other than how i speak. Is autism, not stuttering my problem?

I have had a sever stutter tho have been improving the last couple of years. By observing others and myself I am different other than how i speak. Is autism, not stuttering my problem?

Observant: You are asking a very interesting question, but it would be difficult to answer without much more information. You might want to speak in person to an expert in stuttering, and perhaps someone expert in autistic spectrum as well, so you could go into specific detail. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can i get prescribed Adderall or ritalin (methylphenidate) if I have autism? (more specifically speaking; asperger's syndrome?)

Can i get prescribed Adderall or ritalin (methylphenidate) if I have autism? (more specifically speaking; asperger's syndrome?)

Yes, you can take: stimulant medication if diagnosed with ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type. 40-70 % of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder also have ADHD. Start at a lower dose than is used for adults who have ADHD but no ASD & increase the dose in smaller increments to its maximum effect. Stimulants can increase anxiety, common in ASD. You may need to add a an anti-anxiety medication or use a non-stimulant. ...Read more

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I have a 3 and half year old brother with a medium degree of autism, will the stem cell implantation help him be able to speak if it had good results?

Unknown: The answer to this still remains unknown and the therapy is not yet approved. I sure hope something helps. I understand your concern: I have a 6 year grandson with autism who lives with me. Let's pray for a breakthrough. ...Read more

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Would a sensory integration disorder be a symptom of Asperger's syndrome? my now 11yr old daughter was diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder 1yr ago. however when I'm speaking to others about her symptoms the first comment I hear usually is 'oh

Hi, : Hi, concur with dr. Rinker. Aspergers syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder. Autism, is the most impairing of the autism spectrum disorders. Pervasive developmental disorder comes next and children with aspergers are usually the highest functioning of three. Children with autism spectrum disorder usually have sensory overload which includes tactile stimulation. I recommend talking directly with your daughter's psychiatrist about how best to deal with her tactile sensitivity. One quick option is the use of a camisole that is made of smooth or silky material as an undergarment. It is likely to create less friction against the nipples without highlighting just her nipples. Additionally, pulling bandaids off of skin repeatedly could be quite painful - especially in a child who is already sensitive. I hope this is helpful. Take care. ...Read more

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My 26.5 months girl taking phenobarbital after seizure since May'14 but not speak without some words.Hearing is ok and pointing for want.Is it autism?

Need some details: What was her development like prior to the seizure? Did she regress in any areas? Does she have thalassemia? Did she have an MRI & an overnight EEG ? She needs to see a Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician, Pediatric Neurologist & Child Psychologist at Chattagram Maa-O-Shishu Hospital. Use developmental & autism-specific screens on firstsigns.org to help the specialists answer your questions. ...Read more

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My nephew is 14 months old. he is attentive but can not speak words but otherwise makes babbling sounds. doctor said go for autism test. little depres?

Mgt: The autism screening questionnaire by the American Academy of Pediatrics can be used initially. I would also suggest a hearing test. Sometimes children who do not hear well have delayed verbal skills. In the meantime, spending time reading to your nephew and reviewing words in an interactive way can improve speech. ...Read more

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Why are kids with autism especially good at puzzles?

Pattern recognition : & rote memory are strengths for children with autism, characterized by "spikes" in non-verbal problem-solving that confer average to above-average developmental "splinter skills, " along with significant delays in language-based learning. Ability to learn by intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational interventions unfortunately exceeds conceptual ability, social communication & reciprocity. ...Read more

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Can a 3 y/o have delayed start for speech without it meaning he has hearing issues or autism?

Yes! : Definitely, although screening and careful exam for the two co ditions you mention are warranted. Isolated expressive speech delay, we call it. What is his ear infection history? Did he have a social smile at 6 months? Gesture and point by 15 months? These are examples of screening! What does your pediatrician think? Get answers! ...Read more

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What’s the variation in development in infants with autism?

What’s the variation in development in infants with autism?

Considerable: Children on the autism spectrum present with considerable variation in communication skills, motor + other developmental delays. Changes may be subtle. The m-chat or modified checklist for autism in toddlers is a screening tool for possible autism. Drs use this tool in toddlers from 12-18 mos of age. If an infant has developmental delays- they need referral to a specialist to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between aspergers and autism?

Degree: Under the umbrella condition termed pervasive developmental disorders, there is a spectrum of severity where the least severe condition has been referred to as asperger's syndrome and the most severe end of the spectrum is severe autism. ...Read more

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Do I have a mild form of autism or asperger's? Whats the difference?

Do I have a mild form of autism or asperger's? Whats the difference?

The answer...: ...Is in the eye of the beholder. The latest diagnostic classification did away with asperger's diagnosis altogether, evaluating all social dysfunctions by how badly they interfere with living in society. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between high functioning autism and asbergers?

Depends: Some say very little difference, but technically ppl with autism have some history of speech/language delay while ppl with asperger's disorder have no history of such a delay. Typically ppl with autism struggle more with verbal tasks, but may excel with nonverbal/visual tasks. Often ppl w/ aspergers struggle more with visual tasks but have strong verbal skills. This is not always the case though. ...Read more

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What is autism?

What is autism?

Disconnected: Autism is a disorder characterized by qualitative impairments in communication and social interaction, with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors and interests. Abnormal development is present before the age of 3 years. [1] [2] there is a history of language delay (single-word or phrase speech delay) and 25% of children lose previously acquired language skills (regression). ...Read more

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What is autism?

Developmental dis. : It is a neurodevelopmental disorder that falls under the category of pervasive developmental disorders. It's affects can be severe to mild which will impact when it is first recognized and diagnosed. There are usually deficits in speech/ language, sensory integration, social interactions and cognitive processing. Early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention is key to improving outcomes. ...Read more

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What is autism?

What is autism?

Autism Spectrum DO: It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome. It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays. ...Read more

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What causes autism?

Mostly genetic.: More and more genetic links to autism and autism spectrum disorders (asd's) are being found; there's even genetic testing available for siblings of patients with asd's to see if they have it, too. Good studies have shown there's no link to vaccines. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more